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Christmas Astrology vs. Stupidity and Rudeness

Can Christmas astrology come to the rescue?

Yesterday’s thoughtful Bloomberg post by Virginia Postrel on the stupidity of the surge in identity politics during the holidays was welcome and refreshing.

“Whether you say ‘Merry Christmas’ or ‘Happy holidays,’ I’ll happily accept your good wishes.” Postrel says.”Because interpreting the more inclusive ‘Happy holidays’ as a ‘war on Christmas’ is both stupid and rude.”

If there was ever a time when we needed to set stupidity and rudeness aside, this is it.

They’re just so 2016!

Beyond Stupidity and Rudeness

There are, of course, some very good alternatives to stupidity and rudeness, with or without Christmas astrology into the mix.

For example, my friend Tripp Braden at Market Leadership Journal shared his ideas on 5 Inspiring Gifts for Serving Entrepreneurs a couple of days ago. He talks about the importance of appreciation, compassion, clarity, alignment and trust in business.

They go way beyond stupidity and rudeness.

‘Tis The Season For Christmas Astrology

Christmas astrology angel
‘This the season to be stupid and rude? Maybe an intelligent application of Christmas astrology can offer us all a gracious and joyful alternative.

Like Virginia Postrel and Tripp Braden, I value this time of year. I view it as an opportunity for gratitude, inspiration, and reaffirming the core values that truly enrich our lives.

For me at least, that means paying particular attention to Christmas astrology.

That’s a valuable orientation every year, of course. But for this year I think it’s especially important. One of the things that make this Christmas season noteworthy is that the entire Christmas season, including all 12 days of Christmas and the Feast of the Epiphany as well, takes place with Mercury in retrograde motion.

Mercury Retrograde certainly has a bad reputation. And in many cases, its negative rating is richly deserved. When Mercury is retrograde we can face challenges in transportation and communication. Paperwork gets messed up. There are many opportunities for misunderstanding and confusion.

But Mercury Retrograde periods can also bring their share of benefits.

While Mercury is retrograde, it’s an opportunity for reflection and contemplation. We can get a good sense of what we need to be doing better. We can see where our past mistakes can be corrected.

Mercury Retrograde Connections

And because Mercury Regrade can impact relationships, we get a vital reminder. With Mercury Retrograde, we can be more patient. We can use greater care in our communications. We can express love instead of fear.

I’m personally trying to keep those thoughts and attitudes in mind as I connect with family throughout the holidays.

Patty and I traveled a couple of days ago to her daughter’s home. We’re enjoying time with kids, grandkids (including two with pregnant wives), and a very precocious great-granddaughter.

There will be even bigger family gatherings tonight and tomorrow. After that I’ll drive another few hours for visits with siblings and my Mom and Dad (she’s 92; he’s 91).

So there are many opportunities now for tolerance and compassion, for appreciation, love, clarity and trust.

Not much room for stupidity and rudeness.

Christmas Astrology Dream Journal

I’m also planning to keep a notepad beside my bed, starting tomorrow night. December 25 is just the first day of Christmas astrology, after all.

Through all the 12 days of Christmas astrology can be combined with creative dreamwork and spiritual goal-setting. We can use it to generate an inspired plan for the New Year ahead.

That makes today a particularly good time to review my blog post from two years ago on Christmas Eve.

Check it out now for an in-depth look at the esoteric side of the 12 days of Christmas, and for specific strategies for putting Christmas astrology to work in your own spiritual development.

I think you may find that it’s a useful exercise in getting yourself inwardly prepared for what’s sure to be an extraordinary New Year ahead. If you find it helpful, please let me know.

Oh, and Merry Christmas, by the way. And Happy Holidays, too!

The Donald Trump Election and W. D. Gann

It’s just been 24 days since the Donald Trump election as president of the United States.

We still haven’t completely assimilated its consequences.

The Trump election surprised the political pundits, to say the least.

We weren’t 100 percent certain about the outcome prior to election day on November 8th.

But we certainly weren’t as surprised by the Trump election as many of the television talking heads seemed to be.

After all, following the lead of top mundane astrologer Nick Campion, we had examined the transits to the natal horoscopes of the presidential candidates on inauguration day.

Trump Election Results Show At The Inauguration

Nick says that since the exact time of the new president taking office is specified by law, the inauguration chart, set for noon on January 20, 2017, is the best guide to an election’s outcome.

The transits to Hillary Clinton’s natal chart on that date aren’t particularly horrible. They aren’t particularly outstanding, either.

Trump election inauguration
The ultimate outcome of the Trump election is shown on Inauguration Day.

But Donald J. Trump’s transits are pretty spectacular.

In fact, they clearly define the expectation for a Trump election.

At the time of the Oath of Office, Venus will be in a 150-degree quincunx to Donald Trump’s natal Jupiter. That signals a particularly joyful time, although it may lack fulfillment at some level.

Venus will also be in opposition to Trump’s natal conjunction of the transneptunian factors Cupido and Apollon. This suggests a time of harmonious union with many people, with an emphasis on oratory and vocal skill.

Perhaps most importantly, however, transiting Jupiter will be trine Donald Trump’s natal Sun.

Alfred Witte describes the Sun/Jupiter combination as signifying “the cheerful man” or “fortunate rich man”.

That pretty much nails the outcome of the Trump election.

The Stock Market Reaction To The Trump Election

As the news of the Donald Trump election began to break in the early morning hours of November 9, stock market futures began to plunge. But that nose-dive didn’t last long.

Rally After Trump Election
The market rally after the Trump election continued for weeks before topping out at the New Moon.

By the time the markets officially opened at 9:30 Wednesday morning, stocks had bounced back.

They started a spectacular rally that went on for weeks.

In fact, it lasted until the next New Moon, a stressful event with an impact both in and out of the markets.

Again, this was a surprising development for many pundits, who had anticipated a market crash in the event of a Trump election.

But students of W. D. Gann weren’t surprised.

Gann’s Comments Applied To The Trump Election

In his 1923 book Truth of the Stock Tape, W. D. Gann specifically addressed the question of “After-Election Rallies” in the stock market.

“When any important election, either presidential or otherwise, take place,” Gann wrote, “and the market has pretty well discounted it, but the general public through the country figure that the event is favorable, they, of course, send in buying orders the next day after election, and stocks are strong until this demand is satisfied. It will always pay you to wait two or three days after election and see whether the market continues to move in the same direction after election as it did before.”

To add perspective current to his day, Gann mentioned the 1912 election of Woodrow Wilson. (As a side note, there’s an interesting comparison of the Trump election with that of Wilson by Bloomberg commentator Jonathan Bernstein.)

“Stocks were strong the first day after Wilson was elected the first time,” W. D. Gann noted, “but the decline started promptly after public buying orders had been filled. Always be careful of buying on top of after-election rallies. In the same way, if stocks open off and decline the first two or three days after election, be careful about selling them, as it may be only the public selling because they are scared and the insiders may support the market and start an advance.”

Good advice!